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Extended Audio Sample The Spa Decameron, by Fay Weldon
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (207 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fay Weldon Narrator: Sian Thomas Publisher: Quercus Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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There's a gathering of high-achieving ladies at the remote and expensive Castle Spa over the 10 days of Christmas and New Year. None of them have met before. Have they no homes to go to? Why have they put their lives on hold? Perhaps they think they've come to seek (through Botox, aromatherapy, and extravagant pampering) a better understanding of their lives?

But the ladies are wilful: they lounge around in the Jacuzzi, drinking champagne, eating permitted caviar and forbidden chocolate, and confessing the stories of their lives, startling and scandalous though these may be. Perhaps they have found a better therapy?

Witty, compassionate and casually libidinous, Fay Weldon's sparkling new novel, in its 10 days of storytelling, nods back to the Decameron of Boccaccio, who dedicated his book to the ladies of his time. They were forced to hide their amorous passions under a veil of discretion, while men stayed free to indulge theirs. Weldon's women, on the other hand, are women of today: no veil of discretion for them.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/11/2014

    " A good read. I love the writing style of Fay Weldon. This is not my favorite of her books because it was basically a bunch of little stories within a big story, but they were all still interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jo Ann Hall | 1/23/2014

    " I enjoyed this and was tickled by its nod to The Decameron and The Canterbury Tales, but was frequently distracted by editors' misses. (How does spellcheck overlook the word "beacuse" three times?) The best, most integrated stories are from the Ex-Vicar's wife (a ghost story) and the tale of the stepmother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mo | 1/5/2014

    " I have given this 4 stars as it was a light funny book, sort of easy listening reading equivalent. About high achieving women who are spending the festive season in a spa in Cumbria to get away from the festive season for differing reasons. Each tell their story, in a similar way to the Decameron. In fact the book was called "The Spa Decameron" when I bought it. It constists of stories of Murder, incest and things like that. Good fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mariah | 12/20/2013

    " Strange book. Not chick lit. Very slow; had to force myself to finish it. Really more of a collection of short stories disguised as a novel. Overall boring. "

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